David E. Colmenero

About this Webinar


The sales and use tax contractor rules in Texas can often be an Achilles’ heel for many persons engaged in construction. The rules are technical, can be complex and are often misapplied even by well-meaning individuals. The consequence can be significant and at times financially devastating for many businesses. This presentation provides an overview of the sales and use tax contractor rules along with some important rulings and decisions, focusing on areas that have proven to be the most problematic for contractors while highlighting several potential traps for the unwary.

Key Topics

General Texas sales and use tax concepts applicable to contractors

Texas sales and use tax areas that have been most problematic for contractors

Potential traps for the unwary in Texas sales and use tax and how to avoid them

Recent developments in Texas sales and use tax applicable to contractors


Course Level: Intermediate
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CPE Credit:
1.20 Hrs.
MCLE Credit:
1.00 Hr.

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About the Speakers

David E. Colmenero, J.D., LL.M., CPA


Mr. Colmenero has experience in litigation and practices primarily in the State Tax Controversy and Litigation and State Tax Planning areas. He represents individuals, closely held businesses, and large corporations in all forums for Texas tax litigation, including the State Office of Administrative Hearings, District Court, the Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. He has also represented clients in IRS audits, appeals, and litigation in the United States Tax Court, Federal District Courts and the United States Court of Federal Claims, U.S. Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Colmenero was previously a tax auditor for the State of Texas and, as a lawyer, has successfully represented taxpayers in contested proceedings involving sales and use tax, franchise tax, motor fuels tax, motor vehicle tax, mixed beverage taxes, employment tax and others. Mr. Colmenero represents taxpayers through contested Texas tax proceedings including audits, Independent Audit Review Conferences, administrative proceedings before the State Office of Administrative Hearings and in State court litigation. Mr. Colmenero has been extensively involved in challenging various aspects of Texas Comptroller franchise tax assessments and refund denials and in planning business structures and business transactions to mitigate exposure to the revised franchise tax.

Read his full bio here. You can contact Mr. Colmenero at 214-744-3700 or by email at dcolmenero@meadowscollier.com.

Alex J. Pilawski, J.D.


Mr. Pilawski practices in the areas of State Tax Controversy and Litigation, State Tax Planning, and Commercial Litigation.

Mr. Pilawski's State Tax Controversy and Litigation practice focuses on representing taxpayers in disputes with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts involving sales and use tax, mixed beverage tax, and franchise tax, among others. He has extensive experience working with taxpayers to successfully resolve disputes in contested proceedings through administrative hearings and in Texas state court. He also assists taxpayers in remedying noncompliance with Texas taxes, including guiding them through the Texas Comptroller’s Voluntary Disclosure program.

His State Tax Planning practice involves assisting taxpayers in structuring their business and transactions to minimize exposure to franchise tax.

Read his full bio here. You can contact Mr. Pilawski at 214-744-3700 or by email at apilawski@meadowscollier.com.